UniTeam: Ensure proper management of medical wastes

14 February 2022

PRESIDENTIAL candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. and his running-mate Davao Mayor Sara Duterte have called on all relevant offices and agencies to ensure proper management and disposal of medical wastes.

The BBM-Sara UniTeam pointed out that improper disposal of medical wastes could abet the spread of various life-threatening diseases, including the still prevalent and dangerous Covid19.

Both Bongbong and Sara made the call after receiving reports about an incident in Virac, Catanduanes where eight out of 23 children got infected with coronavirus after playing near the area where a diagnostics laboratory was dumping its hazardous wastes.

“If we don’t dispose of medical wastes properly, there is a risk that communities living near dumpsites will be exposed to viruses and other pathogenic microorganisms, such as what happened in Virac. It could trigger another surge of infections,” the tandem said.

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the vast amount of waste produced in tackling the Covid19 pandemic posed a threat to human and environmental health, adding that the tens of thousands of tons of extra medical waste had put a huge strain on healthcare waste management systems.

The international health agency issued the warning as it reported that safe management services for healthcare waste were lacking even before the pandemic added further pressures.

According to 2019 data, one in three healthcare facilities globally did not safely manage healthcare waste, and in the least-developed countries, two in three facilities did not have a basic healthcare waste management service.

In line with this, the UniTeam called for the strengthening of the country’s response to the threats posed by improper disposal of medical wastes.

They added that aside from focusing on proper waste disposal, they also plan to put on top of their priorities the issues relative to climate change and global warming should they win in the May 9 elections.

“Isa sa mga tututukan namin ay ang pagresolba sa climate change, which is a global problem. Towards this end, improving our waste management program is included in our plan of action because poor waste management contributes to climate change and pollution,’ the tandem added.

“Ang problema sa basura ay isa sa mga problemang matagal nang kinakaharap ng ating bansa. Our environment is begging to be rescued from the snares of imminent destruction,” the duo stressed.

Marcos, who has always been a staunch advocate of protecting and preserving the environment, filed several measures towards this end when he was still a senator.

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FILIPINO VERSION

BBM-SARA UNITEAM: TIYAKIN ANG MAAYOS NA PAGTATAPON SA MGA HAZARDOUS WASTE

NANAWAGAN sina presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. at running-mate na si Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte sa lahat ng kinauukulang tanggapan at ahensiya na tiyakin ang tamang disposal sa lahat ng mga ‘hazardous waste’ upang tiyakin ang kaligtasan ng mga mamamayan at mapigilan ang pagkalat ng Covid19.

Reaksiyon ito ng BBM-Sara UniTeam hinggil sa lumabas na ulat kamakailan na 23 bata ang nagkasakit  matapos maglaro malapit sa basurahan ng medical waste na hindi agad nakuha ng mga basurero sa Virac, Catanduanes.

“If we don’t dispose of medical wastes properly, there is a risk that communities living near the dumpsites will be exposed to viruses and other pathogenic microorganisms, such as what happened in Virac. It could trigger another surge of infections,” anang UniTeam.

Mismong World Health Organization (WHO) ang nagbigay babala hinggil sa mga basurang mula sa ospital na malaki ang banta sa kalusugan hindi lang ng mga tao kundi pati na rin sa kapaligiran.

Tone-toneladang hazardous waste ang pinangangambahang napapabayaan ngayon sa maraming lugar sa bansa dahil na rin sa maling sistema ng medical waste management.

Ang ganitong uri ng problema ay matagal nang pinag-uuspan sa buong mundo kahit na wala pang pandemya.

Sa datos ng WHO noong 2019, isa sa tatlong healthcare facility sa buong mundo ang walang maayos na healthcare waste disposal system.

Sa mga mahihirap na bansa, dalawa sa tatlong ospital ang wala ring healthcare waste management service.

Dahil dito, tiniyak ng UniTeam na prayoridad nila ang pagpapalakas sa programang pangkalusugan, na ilalakip nila sa isyu ng climate change sakaling manalo sila sa darating na May 9 elections.

“Isa sa mga tututukan namin ay ang pagresolba sa climate change, which is a global problem. Towards this end, improving our waste management program is included in our plan of action because poor waste management contributes to climate change and pollution,” sabi nila.

“Ang problema sa basura ay isa sa mga suliraning matagal nang kinakaharap ng ating bansa. Our environment is begging to be rescued from the snares of imminent destruction,” anang BBM-Sara UniTeam.

Si Marcos ay matagal nang may adbokasiya tungkol sa pangkalusugan at kapaligiran.

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